An Infinity Pool – In it’s natural form

DSCN6332Here’s my inspiration for an “infinity pool”.  Today was a gorgeous day for a hike up Pender Hill with views down to Hotel Lake.

Pender Hill is also a great hike with boat access. Tie up at Irvines Landing.  A 20 minute waterfront stroll along Lee  Road brings you to the trail Head.  Another 20 minutes to the summit and you have fantastic views of Pender Harbour, down the Malaspina and across to Texada and Vancouver Islands.

 

 

Arbutus Berries

They’re not all that great for jam ( but maybe someone will find a use for them in some kind of avant garde artisanal gin).

But, the bright red berries do have a stark beauty telling us it’s late fall. This tree has more berries than most. It has lots of sun and a great view of Welcome Passage.

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Ever Feel Like a Mushroom ?

If you feel like a mushroom it’s usually not a good thing.  No one likes to be kept in the dark and fed shit.  When you start to look around at Mushrooms, at least around here, you realize what comes of these growing conditions.  Crazy diversity, beauty as well as stuff that’s really tasty or really toxic.

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Just a handful of the many many mushrooms a few steps into the woods on the sunshine coast on an early November day.

People get so excited about mushrooms in these parts they even have a mushroom festival

 

It really doesn’t matter if it rains at the Skookumchuck

It really doesn't matter if it rains at the Skookumchuck

So what if it’s a rainy day. A great day for a hike into the Skookumchuck Narrows. For the guys surfing the tidal flow, what difference does it make if they’re in the rain. They’re getting wet anyway.

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The hike into Skookumchuck is about an hour on a pretty decent trail. Driving in with your kayak on top might be a mistake.

Chatterbox Falls

The trip up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet is great.  It’s 60 miles by water from Secret Cove.  Princess Louisa Inlet itself is a remarkable place.  It’s a classical fjord with gorgeous waterfalls, good anchorage and a nice little sand beach at the end.  It’s a place that all British Columbians should see, but relatively few will.

It was about an hour from Secret Cove to Egmont (at 21 mph. Now we're eading up Jervis Inlet after leaving the gas dock in Egmont.
It was about an hour from Secret Cove to Egmont (at 21 mph. Now we’re eading up Jervis Inlet after leaving the gas dock in Egmont.
This picture really doesn't capture the drama of shading between the ridge lines.
This picture really doesn’t capture the drama of shading between the ridge lines.
We made it!  Chatterbox falls.
We made it! Chatterbox falls.
There's still lots of water flowing at the end of the inlet. If you come in June the water volumes are much bigger, with dozens of falls.
There’s still lots of water flowing at the end of the inlet. If you come in June the water volumes are much bigger, with dozens of falls.
If you don't get a spot on the dock you just drop your hook in front of the falls - sit back and relax.
If you don’t get a spot on the dock you just drop your hook in front of the falls – sit back and relax.
On a faster boat like this rigid haul inflatable these tourists make the trip up from Egmont in an hour.
On a faster boat like this rigid haul inflatable these tourists make the trip up from Egmont in an hour. You’ll notice how the beach towels give our boat a class “cabin cruiser” look.
Float planes are in and out of here.  This guys heading back to YVR south terminal after a quick visit.
Float planes are in and out of here. This guys heading back to YVR south terminal after a quick visit.
Chilling in the pools below Chatter Box falls
Chilling in the pools below Chatter Box falls
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Heading Home. Leaving through Malibu Rapids on Slack Tide.
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Poverty is not so bad. Everyone else has a full galley. Some even have wine coolers. For us an open tin boat and an ice box provides the best spot for breakfast in the inlet.